Who is responsible for my road?
Every road in Greenville County is assigned a unique Road ID, which is typically located
on the green street name sign. Occasionally, State (SCDOT) road ID’s are on smaller black signs
atop the stop sign. However, not all roads are the responsibility of Greenville County. The Road
ID's are used to determine who is responsible.
- Greenville County road ID's start with any of the letters A through R
- State (SCDOT) Road ID’s start with S-23, SC or US
- Private Road ID's start with PD
- The cities of Greenville, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn and Travelers Rest also install and maintain their own signing. Their road name signs may be blue or green and may feature an image, such as a city seal.
You can use SCDOT’s STREET FINDER to
help you determine your road’s responsible party. If you are still unsure, we will be happy
to assist by directing you to the responsible agency.
Greenville County recognizes the importance of neighborhood safety. Unfortunately,
neighborhood speeding is an ever growing problem. The traffic calming program allow residents
to request speed humps for their street to alleviate neighborhood speeding. Minimum qualifications,
determined by engineering study, must be met for speed humps to be installed.
Minimum Qualifications are based on the policy adopted by County Council in August 2008:
- The road must be at least 1000 feet long.
- The road must have < 8% grade.
- The road must be classified Residential (Not Collector)
- The road must be entirely maintained by Greenville County.
- No study has been performed within the last 2 years.
- Subdivision must be 80% complete (if applicable).
- Must meet 1 of the following Average Daily Traffic (ADT) and 85th Percentile Speed Requirements. (The 85th Speed is the Speed at which 15% of the traffic is traveling at or above.)
- If the 85th speed is 15 MPH over the posted speed limit (PSL), the volume must > 600 vehicles per day (vpd)
- If the 85th speed is 10 mph over the PSL, the volume must be > 675 vpd
- If the 85th speed is 9 mph over the PSL, the volume must be > 800 vpd
IF ALL QUALIFICATIONS ARE MET: The County will install humps if 75% of
the residents on the Street and 25% of the residents on any adjacent Streets are in favor
of the humps, by petition.
IF ANY 1 QUALIFICATION IS NOT MET: The Street does not qualify for humps,
but it can be reevaluated again in 2 years. Alternatively, you can request "Slow Down for Safety"
signs and the speed radar unit at no cost.
IF THE MINIMUM VOLUME IS NOT MET: But all other qualifications are met,
humps are allowed. However, your neighborhood would need to provide alternate funding for
the humps. The petition process will be the same.
Traffic signals within the Greenville City limits are owned, installed and maintained by
the City of Greenville. All other signals within the Greenville County are owned, installed
and maintained by the SCDOT. If you are unsure, we will be happy to assist.
Stop signs are the most widely used and misused of all traffic signs. They are intended
to assign right-of-way at intersecting street locations. Many believe multi-way stops will
reduce speeding and other safety problems in neighborhoods. However, national research proves
unwarranted stop signs result in drivers ignoring the sign, increases in accidents, additional
speeding and increased driver delay.
Therefore, The Federal Highway Administration created the minimum criteria used to
determine the need of a multi-way stop are:
- Volume of traffic on the intersecting roads is approximately equal
- Main street vehicular volume (total of both approaches) at least 300 vehicles per hour for any 8 hours of a typical day
- Combined vehicular and pedestrian volumes of at least 200 units per hour for the same 8 hours
- Problems with sight distances
- Substantial accident history
Multi-Way Stop Control Application
National research proves 85% of drivers travel at the speed they are most comfortable. This is known
as the 85th percentile speed and it is typically used to establish speed limits.
Additionally, 25 mph is the lowest speed Greenville County will post. This is based on national
research which confirms this is the slowest speed a driver can travel without having to "ride the brakes".
Therefore, raising or lowering speed limits is only warranted by engineering study. Typically,
roads shorter than 1000 feet or when road curves and hills do not allow for do not need speed limit
signs because their length does not allow vehicles to exceed speeds before having to slow down at
the end. Additionally, when possible, speed limit signs along with ASTN are posted at entrances
to cove a network of roads. This eliminates additional installation and maintenance costs
as well as eliminates excessive signing within the neighborhood. Additional speed limit signs
can be installed at the expense of the HOA or neighborhood, but they must meet Federal size
and reflectivity guidelines as outlined in the MUTCD.
Speed Limit Evaluation Form
Road Name Signs
Greenville County only provides traditional green road name signs. The County does not install
or maintain any overhead street name signs, highway shields or accompanying directional signing
for any official highway. These requests should be directed to the SCDOT.
Advisory Speed Limits
Advisory speeds limits signs are mounted below yellow diamond shaped warning signs. They
are also yellow and are lower than the posted speed limit. They only suggest a safe speed to
negotiate the upcoming condition and are not enforceable by law. Advisory speeds are only
used when warranted by engineering study.
National research shows drivers automatically adjust their speed in accordance to
obvious road conditions. Therefore, Warning signs should only be used in situations where
the change in condition is unexpected or not obvious to the driver. Warning signs should
only be installed at the discretion of the County Traffic Engineer.
Children at Play
The once popular "Children at Play" signs are no longer approved by the Federal
Highway Administration. In the past, the signs were often misinterpreted as permission
for children to play in the street or suggest the street as approved play area, which
could result in legal liability. Additionally, drivers often misinterpret the sign to
mean children are present only where signs are located, whereas the presence of children
should be assumed within any residential area.
Children, 12 and under, with impaired hearing may receive warning signs in their
neighborhood with written verification from their physician. Unfortunately, signs are not
permitted for children with other impairments or impaired adults.
Greenville County does not own, install or maintain any street lighting. This service
is provided by your power provider. Check with your Home Owners Association or refer to
your power bill for the responsible agency’s contact information.
Greenville County does not regulate on-street parking because our department does not
have the authority to determine where residents can and cannot park. Therefore, parking
regulations are typically developed and enforced by your Home Owners Association. If you do
not have an HOA, the county will only intervene if the parking practice is a safety hazard
(obstructs emergency vehicle access, atop of a sidewalk, obstructs a stop sign, etc.) rather
than a nuisance.
Sign or Sight Distance Obstructions
It is common for heavy growth obstruct clear sight distance and signs. If the vegetation
is located on private property, Greenville County will contact the owner and give them time
to correct the issue. If it is not corrected within a given timeframe, Greenville County will
trim the vegetation as necessary.
Greenville County does not regulate vegetation obstructing the sight distances when exiting
your driveway. In this case, we encourage you to approach your neighbor or HOA concerning this matter.
Useful and Informational Links
|SCDOT – Engineering
|SCDOT – Maintenance
|City of Fountain Inn Public Works
|City of Greenville Traffic Engineering
|City of Greer Public Services
|City of Mauldin Public Works
|City of Simpsonville Public Works
|City of Travelers Rest Public Works